Valentine’s Day is the second-largest occasion for exchanging greeting cards with more than one hundred and forty million sent out and that doesn’t even include the assortment packs for kids in the classroom. Hallmark first introduced Valentine cards to the public in 1913, with heart-shaped outlines, floral designs, doves, and Cupid with his bow and arrows as the central motifs. Today the industry leader has created fourteen hundred unique designs all for the most romantic day of the year.
Vintage Valentine’s Day cards carry us back to a different time, when life moved along slowly, and handwritten sentiments were lyrical and poignant. Handmade paper cards first gained their popularity in England, during the nineteenth century where they were adorned with lace and ribbons. The daughter of a large stationary shop in Massachusetts, Esther Howland, caught onto the idea after receiving a Valentine from a British associate of her father’s. In 1847, inspired by the tradition, she began her own mass-production of paper cards with lace and floral decorations imported from England.
Enjoy a few vintage verses and Valentine inspired designs from Mirasol, a Peruvian yarn company with heartfelt passion, giving back to the community, by providing schooling and boarding for children in their region.
‘My heart’s a posy, blooming for you.
With love all rosy, fragrant and true’
‘May your fond love in favor shine,
On him who sends this Valentine’
‘I put this letter at your door
A token that I love you more
Than tongue can tell or words define
And I want you for my special Valentine’
‘Tis a heart of pansy bloom
All made of thoughts sublime,
To you it’s sent to ask a boom
Will’t be my Valentine’
Hearts will be aflutter with the gift of this charming earflap cap from Mirasol Book #17. Knit in Sulka, a delicately spun chunky mix of merino, silk and alpaca available in twenty-eight subtle shades.
‘I’d be happy
if FUEL be my Valentine’
Show your admiration for someone special with a pair of fingers-free hand warmers, a keepsake from the heart. Pattern available in Mirasol Book #27.
Happy Valentine’s Day!